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Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar Olympic White 

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Overview

  • Model Name: Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster
  • Series: Artist Series
  • Body: Alder
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $1,519.99
  • Your Savings:
    - $320.00
  • Your Price:
    $1,19999

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A signature model designed by one of the pioneers of hard rock.

Acclaimed guitarist Ritchie Blackmore has been creating memorable guitar riffs for decades. His deft phrasing, fleet-fingered picking, and unmistakable tone have helped make the phrase "guitar solo" a household term. The Fender Ritchie Blackmore Signature Stratocaster is based on his favorite '70s model and has a maple neck with a graduated scalloped rosewood fretboard, Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Flat pickups, and '70s-style "F" tuners. Just like Richie's Strat, the guitar's middle pickup has been replaced with a non-working dummy pickup. Deluxe gig bag included.

Features

  • Model Name: Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster
  • Series: Artist Series
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple, U-shaped, (gloss polyurethane finish)
  • Fingerboard: Graduated scalloped, rosewood, 7.25" radius (184 mm)
  • No. of Frets: 21 vintage-style frets
  • Pickups:
  • Neck: 1 Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Flat SSL-4 single-coil Strat pickup
  • Middle: 1 non-active "dummy" pickup
  • Bridge: 1 reverse-wound/reverse-polarity Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Flat SSL-4 single-coil Strat pickup
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (neck pickup), Tone 2. (bridge pickup)
  • Pickup Switching — 3 Position Blade:
  • Position 1: Bridge Pickup
  • Position 2: Bridge and Neck Pickups
  • Position 3: Neck Pickup
  • Bridge: Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
  • Machine heads: Fender/Schaller vintage-style tuners
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Pickguard: 3-ply white
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2" (648mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.650" (42mm)
  • Unique Features:
  • Graduated scalloped rosewood fretboard
  • Ritchie Blackmore signature on front of headstock
  • Flush-mounted Dunlop Straplocks
  • Large '70s-style headstock
  • '70s-style decal
  • Bullet truss rod adjustment nut
  • 3-bolt neck plate with Micro-Tilt neck adjustment,
  • Pearloid dot position inlays,
  • Black plastic knobs, pickup covers, tremolo and switch tips, synthetic bone nut
  • Strings: Fender Super Bullets 3250L, nickel plated steel, (.009 to .042), P/N 073-3250-003
  • Includes a deluxe gig bag

Don't miss your chance to get a Strat made for hard rock.

 
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FenderRitchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 8 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

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      4.0

      SD Quarter Pound Pickups Rock

      By phat68tony

      from NW Louisiana

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Seymour Duncan 14 Lb Pu
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Needed A Lot Of Set Up
      • Needed Fine Tuning

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      The first thing that blew me away when I plugged this guitar in to my Blackstar amp was the hot sound of the seymour duncan quarter pound pickups. Those imo are the main thing that make this guitar what it is. Again, it needed alot of setup work and fine tuning by my local guitar tech including lowering the strings, etc. The biggest challenge of this guitar is changing the way you play with the scalloped frets - the strings will bend alot more than on a regular fretboard, making the guitar sound out of tune if you press or bend too far. A different mind set to play - but worth it in the end imo

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      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By Killer

      from Baton Rouge ,La

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Love The Neck I

      Cons

      • Had To Send The First One
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      This is a great guitar! The neck feels great and the tone sounds so hot! The only issue I had was that I had to return the first one as it had a crack in the body by the body/neck connection. I got a no hassle replacement and I've been rocking ever since! I've never missed the middle pickup. My friend who is a GREAT player loves it! When we jam he always wants to play it over his SRV Strat and Les Paul.

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      4.0

      A condition 2, "Lightly played"

      By Ayal

      from Israel

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Cosmetic Paint Job Fail
      • Dubious Qa
      • Fret Buzz
      • Practical Needs Fretwork

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        My guess is that as a condition 2 guitar this specific instrument was returned by a customer who was turned off by the botched paint job: Underneath the finish are areas on the bottom of the body that have clearly not been painted correctly. The wood grain is visible under some less-than-Olympic white. I personally am not bothered with cosmetic issues such as these, especially since the defect is not in a prominent location on the body. Another issue is that the higher frets needed some more work to be in correct plain vs. lower frets. I have heard other people complain of this as well with this model. There is some buzzing, and bending high E on fret 13 resulted in choked note. Both issues were corrected for the time being by raising the action, something that I am used to in general anyways. Looking at the neck, it is perfectly attached to the body, no alignment or curvature problems, so I will address the fret leveling issue with a professional at some point...
        Apart from these issues, and comparing this to another mexican made instrument, I would say the craftsmanship is very good, I obviously compromised on price here but getting this specific Strat was a dream of mine for many years. The guitar is very light weight, all parts are well made and well fitted together. The graduated scalloping is very interesting and surprisingly easy to get used to. In fact, there really was no "getting used to", playing this guitar is much like playing any other, except the wood is not there to add resistance to your fingers. Unless you really mash your fingers down when you play you will not have an intonation problem, even when playing chords.
        In terms of sound, acoustically this instrument resounds as well as any Strat I've played. When plugged in, the Quarter Pounders are very hot and a little noisy. Somewhat of a humbucking character to them, sounding a little duller than most regular singles I would say, still a delight in clean and dirty sound alike. Distorts readily cleans up nicely when rolling back the volume knob. Even with two PU's and a three way switch there is plenty of tonal diversity to chose from.
        An american instrument would not have been let out of the factory with these issues, it's too bad that Ritchie's signature model is produced to poorer standards than say John Mayer, Richie Kotzen and Kurt Cobain, who are great musicians but have a different relationship with the Fender/Stratocaster brand... What's next? A Blackmore Squire Strat? Made in the Philippines?
        But to cap it off, I love this guitar and will keep it for the rest of my life.

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        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Lots of Fun - Recommended

        Comments about Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I bought brand new in 1997 the Blackmore strat. I have 14 years of use on it so I would say I'm qualified to rate it. Blackmore is without question in the top five of all rock guitarists in rock n roll history. I'm a huge fan of Purple and Rainbow so when this came out I had to have it.The guitar is awesome but not perfect. The sound is a 10! The seymour duncan pickups are very hot and I get great harminics and a true blackmore tone. I had to adjust the PUPs higher and get a set up....after that the guitar sounded incredible. The scalloped fret board is very well done and verye asy to play and get used to. Well done!I had two qulaity problems. The neck pick up 2 times had to be re-screwed because the spring popped out. A bigger problem is one time when bending a piece of the frets came up which needed a repair. Both issues were not very expensive.The fit and finish is very good, but not american built quality.Overall, a bit pricey for a japanese strat and now mexican strat. However the guitar is very well done and it plays fantastics. Although the fit and finish is not up to the american standard, the sounds you get from this guitar is....it is a very hot guitar.Message to fender -- Make an American made Blackmore strat and keep it in the $2000 range.Bottom-line: Recommended strongly...a great guitar.

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Insult to Mr. Blackmore

        By GuitarFever73

        from East coast

        Comments about Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I purchased this guitar as Im a long time Blackmore fan from Deep Purple to Rainbow to Blackmore's Night, I wish Fender would have done more research before they did this model as this is not the first time they had put this model out and its just like the one that was in 1997 Fender Japan. I just cant stand when Fender puts out a Tribute signature guitar and on some models they do a great job like the new DAVE Murray strat, but then like this model it looks like Fender just wanted to make money off Ritchie's name instead of building a guitar to pay him tribute. Back way back when When Ritchie was in DEEP Purple his guitar tech John "DAWK" STILLWELL did all the mods to Ritchie's Strats. He did the Progressive Scalloping as to how Ritchie wanted it, And removed the stock vintage frets with a Gibson size Medium Jumbo fret, he built a custom made tone circuit called the MTC, to work with each of the different pickups Ritchie used through the years, from Stock Fender strat single coils to the original Lace Sensor Gold pickups.I really feel Fender could have done alot better on this guitar. But I think they were just looking to make money period. I had my Blackmore Modified to the specs of John Dawk Stillwell's mods and now this is truly what a Tribute the man in black .

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Finally

        By Frank James

        from Massachusetts

        Comments about Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is great. Love the tone and scalloped neck. Only problem is that Fender was shipping a bad batch in late '09 and I went through 5 different guitars to get a good one. To the credit of Musicians Friend, all the returns were hassle free and return shipping was covered. Now I've got a great guitar and the highest respect for Musicians Friend. They earned a loyal customer.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A very good deal

        Comments about Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        This stratocaster delivers in terms of value, quality, and plyability. Those who have never played a scalloped neck would be pleased. it is easy to get used to,with no difficulty or difference in playability. All the things said about tone, sustain, bends etc. are present in this scalloped neck guitar. The pickups also contribute to the sound. if you are a lead, shred or solo guitar player, you will notice a difference whan you play this guitar. A good value for the money.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Almost flawless

        Comments about Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I've written this same review on a couple of sites now but I have to share this.. :D Now there?s a revelation? Ritchie actually does play this guitar, I?ve seen it on stage, but? What he also does is take the neck off the signature and glue it on a Standard American body if he wants a different colored Strat. Maybe he does this with an Olympic white version as well? Just place black pickups inside and a signature neck, and we all assume he?s playing the signature model. This is just a thought, but that he glues this neck on different Standard Americans is a fact especially the sunburst. However, although Mexican made, this guitar is just phenomenal! Tried it, loved it more than an American standard, maybe it?s the pickups or maybe it is just a better instrument but the workforce in Mexico is cheaper than in USA, so that is why it is actually cheaper, but IMHO better. (Not as versatile though)

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